The Empty Vessel empties

CHRIS HYDE
Last updated 14:49 20/03/2014
Empty Vessel
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EMPTIED: Construction has begun at the new fit out of The Empty Vessel.

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Popular Palmerston North student bar The Empty Vessel has been turned into an empty vessel this morning.

The new owners of the bar have begun a planned total revamp of the premises, which is scheduled to be finished in two weeks.

Most of the inside of the bar has now been stripped out.

New manager Ricky Quirk, who also manages three other nightclubs in Palmerston North - Shooters, Victory Social Club and The Daily - said he planned to keep a student theme at the Fitzherbert Ave bar, although the bar's name would be changed.

It would now be known as Trader McKendry's, after an old pub Mr Quirk used to own in Christchurch.

Mr Quirk said the bar had needed a cosmetic refit, but he would not change its vibe.

"It appealed to us because it caters to our market which is students and it's in an area of town that we haven't been in before."

The Empty Vessel was formerly occupied by one of Quirk's main rivals in Palmerston North, Nathan 'Rat' Hiscox.

Hiscox, who also owned The Beer Barrel and Icons in his time, has left the hospitality industry in Palmerston North after 17 years in the city.

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